EXHIBIT 99.1

US Ecology Announces Third Quarter 2018 Results; Increases Guidance for 2018

THIRD QUARTER HIGHLIGHTS COMPARED TO PRIOR YEAR:

  • Revenue $151.4 million, up 13%
  • Base Business growth of 9%; Event Business decline of 8%
  • Field and Industrial Services revenue growth of 22%
  • Operating income growth of 31%
  • Net income of $13.4 million
  • Diluted earnings per share of $0.61; Adjusted earnings per share of $0.70, up 89%
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $35.6 million, up 32%

BUSINESS OUTLOOK:

  • Anticipated diluted earnings per share of $2.28 to $2.44 per share, up from $2.15 to $2.34
  • Adjusted EBITDA of $125 million to $130 million including acquired operations, up from $122 to $128 million
  • Capital expenditures to range from $42 million to $45 million, up from $39 to $42 million

BOISE, Idaho , Nov. 01, 2018 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- US Ecology, Inc. (NASDAQ: ECOL) (“the Company”) today reported total revenue of $151.4 million and net income of $13.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, for the quarter-ended September 30, 2018. Adjusted earnings per share, which excludes impairment charges, discrete income tax adjustments, foreign currency translation gains and losses and business development expenses, was $0.70 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018, up 89% from the third quarter of 2017.

“Underlying strength in the industrial economy and in many of our customers’ operations drove our solid performance in the third quarter,” commented Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Jeff Feeler. “Our Base Business was very strong, growing 9% over the third quarter last year. When factoring in the hurricane impact on the Gulf region in the third quarter last year, Base Business still increased approximately 5% year-over-year. Event Business declined 8% in the third quarter of 2018, primarily due to timing of shipments on a large multi-year project. Our Field and Industrial Services segment saw strength across its service lines, posting 22% revenue growth and a more than doubling of segment operating income over the same quarter last year.”

For the third quarter of 2018, Environmental Services (“ES”) segment revenue was $107.2 million, up 10% from $97.7 million in the third quarter of 2017. This increase consisted of 8% growth in treatment and disposal (“T&D”) revenue and 18% growth in transportation revenue compared to the third quarter of 2017. Field and Industrial Services (“FIS”) segment revenue was $44.2 million for the third quarter of 2018, up 22% from $36.4 million in the same period of 2017, reflecting growth in our Remediation, Small Quantity Generation and Total Waste Management business lines. Also contributing to this growth was revenue associated with our recently acquired field and industrial services group based out of Dallas, Texas.

Gross profit for the third quarter of 2018 was $47.3 million, up 25% from $37.7 million in the same quarter last year. ES segment gross profit was $39.9 million in the third quarter of 2018, up from $33.1 million in the same quarter of 2017. T&D gross margin for the ES segment was 43% for the third quarter of 2018, up from 38% for the third quarter of 2017. Gross profit for the FIS segment in the third quarter of 2018 was $7.4 million, up from $4.6 million in the third quarter of 2017.  Gross margin for the FIS segment was 17% in third quarter of 2018, compared to 13% in the third quarter last year. The increase was due to a more favorable service mix, particularly for the recently acquired field and industrial services group based out of Dallas, Texas.

Selling, general and administrative (“SG&A”) expense for the third quarter of 2018 was $23.6 million, compared with $22.4 million in the same quarter last year. The increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to higher labor and incentive compensation and higher professional and consulting services, partially offset by lower property taxes. In the third quarter of 2017, we recorded a charge of approximately $1.1 million related to a property tax assessment for tax years 2015-2017 associated with our 2014 acquisition of EQ Holdings, Inc.  SG&A expense as a percentage of revenue was down slightly in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the same period of 2017.

During the third quarter of 2018, the Company recognized a $3.7 million goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge on its mobile solvent recycling business within our Environmental Services segment as a result of declining business and cash flows.

Operating income for the third quarter of 2018 was $20.0 million, an increase of 31% from $15.3 million in the third quarter of 2017.

Net interest expense for the third quarter of 2018 was $3.0 million, up slightly from $2.8 million in the third quarter of 2017. The increase was the result of higher interest rates on the variable portion of our credit facility in the third quarter of 2018 compared to the third quarter of 2017.

The Company’s consolidated effective income tax rate for the third quarter of 2018 was 20.2%, down from 35.8% for the third quarter of 2017. The decrease was primarily due to tax reform passed in the fourth quarter of 2017, which reduced the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%.  Also contributing to the lower effective rate was the implementation of tax planning strategies that resulted in one-time favorable adjustments to prior year income tax returns. 

Net income for the third quarter of 2018 was $13.4 million, or $0.61 per diluted share, compared to net income of $8.4 million, or $0.38 per diluted share, in the third quarter of 2017. Tax reform favorably impacted net income by approximately $0.12 per diluted share compared to the third quarter of 2017.  Adjusted earnings per share was $0.70 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2018 compared to $0.37 per diluted share in the third quarter of 2017.

Adjusted EBITDA for the third quarter of 2018 was $35.6 million, up 32% from $27.1 million in the same period last year.

Reconciliations of earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share and net income to adjusted EBITDA are attached as Exhibit A to this release.

Year-To-Date Results

Total revenue for the first nine months of 2018 was $408.4 million, up 10% from $370.3 million in the first nine months of 2017. Revenue for the ES segment was $292.6 million for the first nine months of 2018, up from $268.6 million in the same period of 2017. This consisted of a 7% increase in T&D revenue and a 15% increase in transportation revenue compared to the first nine months of 2017. Revenue for the FIS segment was $115.8 million for the first nine months of 2018, up 14% from $101.8 million in the same period of 2017, reflecting continued growth in our Total Waste Management and Small Quantity Generation business lines as well as stronger overall market conditions.

Gross profit for the first nine months of 2018 was $124.4 million, up 18% from $105.5 million in the same period last year. Gross profit for the ES segment was $108.3 million in the first nine months of 2018, up from $92.5 million in the first nine months of 2017. T&D gross margin for the ES segment was 42% for the first nine months of 2018 compared to 38% for the prior year, reflecting the March 2017 shutdown of one of our large treatment facilities due to severe wind damage. Gross profit for the FIS segment in the first nine months of 2018 was $16.1 million, up from $13.0 million in the first nine months of 2017. Gross margin for the FIS segment was 14% in the first nine months of 2018, compared to 13% in the first nine months of 2017.

SG&A expense for the first nine months of 2018 was $67.0 million, compared with $62.2 million in the same period last year.  The increase in SG&A expense was primarily due to higher labor and incentive compensation and higher professional consulting services, partially offset by lower property taxes.

Operating income for the first nine months of 2018 was $53.7 million, up 24% from $43.3 million in the first nine months of 2017. Excluding the non-cash goodwill and intangible asset impairment charge of $3.7 million taken in the third quarter of 2018 associated with our mobile solvent recycling business, operating income increased 32% over the first nine months of 2017.

Net interest expense for the first nine months of 2018 was $8.7 million, down from $15.3 million in the first nine months of 2017.  Interest expense for the first nine months of 2017 included the non-cash charge of $5.5 million associated with the write-off of deferred financing fees related to the refinancing of our former credit facility in April 2017.  Excluding the non-cash deferred financing fees charge, interest expense decreased compared to the first nine months of 2017 as a result of a lower interest rate on our new credit facility.

The Company’s consolidated effective income tax rate for the first nine months of 2018 was 23.7%, down from 36.0% for the first nine months of 2017. This decrease is primarily due to tax reform passed in the fourth quarter of 2017, which reduced the U.S. corporate tax rate from 35% to 21%. The decrease was also partially due to one-time discrete adjustments related to tax planning resulting in the amendment of prior year income tax returns. 

Net income for the first nine months of 2018 was $35.9 million, or $1.63 per diluted share, compared to $18.6 million, or $0.85 per diluted share, in the first nine months of 2017. Adjusted earnings per share was $1.67 per diluted share in the first nine months of 2018, an increase of 69% over the $0.99 per diluted share for the first nine months of 2017. Adjusted EBITDA for the first nine months of 2018 was $91.8 million, up 18% from $78.1 million in the same period last year.

Reconciliations of earnings per diluted share to adjusted earnings per diluted share and net income to adjusted EBITDA are attached as Exhibit A to this release.

2018 OUTLOOK

“Results for the first nine months of 2018 are consistent with our expectations for an improving industrial economy and reflect strong improvement over a challenging first nine months of 2017 due to weather related events,” commented Feeler.  “Our Base Business continues to lead the way with strong growth. We have also experienced continued success securing Event Business opportunities to add to our pipeline. This has helped offset lower than anticipated shipments from one of our multi-year cleanup sites in the first nine months of 2018. In our Field and Industrial Services segment, we have seen growth accelerate, particularly in the Total Waste Management and Small Quantity Generation areas. As a result of continued strong results expected in the fourth quarter and the anticipated contribution from our recently acquired field and industrial services business based in Dallas, Texas, we now expect that our 2018 full year adjusted EBITDA will range from $125 million to $130 million. This is an increase from our previous 2018 adjusted EBITDA guidance of $122 million to $128 million. Adjusted earnings per share is now expected to range from $2.28 to $2.44 for the full year 2018 up from our previous guidance of $2.15 to $2.34 per share.”

The following table reconciles our projected net income to our adjusted EBITDA guidance range:

  For the Year Ending December 31, 2018 
(in thousands) Low High 
      
Net Income $49,400  $53,050  
Income tax expense  16,174   17,224  
Interest expense  11,766   11,766  
Interest income  (109)  (109) 
Foreign currency (gain) loss  456   456  
Other income  (3,081)  (3,081) 
Depreciation and amortization of plant and equipment  27,987   28,287  
Amortization of intangible assets  9,973   9,973  
Accretion and non-cash adjustments of closure & post-closure obligations  4,323   4,323  
Stock-based compensation  4,445   4,445  
Impairment charges  3,666   3,666  
Adjusted EBITDA $125,000  $130,000  
      

The following table reconciles our projected diluted earnings per share to our projected adjusted diluted earnings per share range:

  For the Year Ending December 31, 2018 
  Low High 
      
Earnings per diluted share $2.24  $2.40  
      
Adjustments:     
Plus:  Impairment charges  0.17   0.17  
Less:  TX land easement gain  (0.07)  (0.07) 
Less:  Discrete income tax adjustments  (0.08)  (0.08) 
Plus:  Business development costs  0.01   0.01  
Non-cash foreign currency translation (gain) loss  0.01   0.01  
      
As Adjusted $2.28  $2.44  
      

DIVIDEND

On October 1, 2018, the Company declared a quarterly dividend of $0.18 per common share for stockholders of record on October 19, 2018. The $4.0 million dividend was paid on October 26, 2018.

CONFERENCE CALL

US Ecology, Inc. will hold an investor conference call on Friday, November 2, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (8:00 a.m. Mountain Daylight Time) to discuss these results and its current financial position and business outlook. Questions will be invited after management’s presentation. Interested parties can access the conference call by dialing 877-512-4138 or 412-317-5478. The conference call will also be broadcast live on our website at www.usecology.com. An audio replay will be available through November 9, 2018 by calling 877-344-7529 or 412-317-0088 and using the passcode 10125411.  The replay will also be accessible on our website at www.usecology.com.

ABOUT US ECOLOGY, INC.

US Ecology, Inc. is a leading North American provider of environmental services to commercial and government entities. The Company addresses the complex waste management needs of its customers, offering treatment, disposal and recycling of hazardous, non-hazardous and radioactive waste, as well as a wide range of complementary field and industrial services. US Ecology’s focus on safety, environmental compliance, and best–in-class customer service enables us to effectively meet the needs of our customers and to build long-lasting relationships. US Ecology has been protecting the environment since 1952 and has operations in the United States, Canada and Mexico. For more information, visit www.usecology.com.

Forward-looking statements are only predictions and are not guarantees of performance. These statements are based on management's beliefs and assumptions, which in turn are based on currently available information. Important assumptions include, among others, those regarding demand for Company services, expansion of service offerings geographically or through new or expanded service lines, the timing and cost of planned capital expenditures, competitive conditions and general economic conditions. These assumptions could prove inaccurate. Forward-looking statements also involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause actual results to differ materially from those contained in any forward-looking statement. Many of these factors are beyond our ability to control or predict. Such factors include the replacement of non-recurring event clean-up projects, a loss of a major customer, our ability to permit and contract for timely construction of new or expanded disposal cells, our ability to renew our operating permits or lease agreements with regulatory bodies, loss of key personnel, compliance with and changes to applicable laws, rules, or regulations, access to insurance, surety bonds and other financial assurances, a deterioration in our labor relations or labor disputes, our ability to perform under required contracts, failure to realize anticipated benefits and operational performance from acquired operations, adverse economic or market conditions, government funding or competitive pressures, incidents or adverse weather conditions that could limit or suspend specific operations, access to cost effective transportation services, fluctuations in foreign currency markets, lawsuits, our willingness or ability to repurchase shares or pay dividends, implementation of new technologies, limitations on our available cash flow as a result of our indebtedness and our ability to effectively execute our acquisition strategy and integrate future acquisitions.

Except as required by applicable law, including the securities laws of the United States and the rules and regulations of the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”), we are under no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise. You should not place undue reliance on our forward-looking statements. Although we believe that the expectations reflected in forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee future results or performance. Before you invest in our common stock, you should be aware that the occurrence of the events described in the "Risk Factors" sections of our annual and quarterly reports could harm our business, prospects, operating results, and financial condition.

 

US ECOLOGY, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF OPERATIONS 
(in thousands, except per share data) 
(unaudited) 
          
  Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2018   2017   2018   2017  
Revenue         
Environmental Services $107,197  $97,661  $292,628  $268,555  
Field & Industrial Services  44,219   36,393   115,759   101,790  
          
Total  151,416   134,054   408,387   370,345  
          
Gross profit         
Environmental Services  39,930   33,146   108,281   92,506  
Field & Industrial Services  7,370   4,587   16,138   12,996  
          
Total  47,300   37,733   124,419   105,502  
          
Selling, general & administrative expenses         
Environmental Services  5,725   7,074   16,926   18,066  
Field & Industrial Services  2,759   2,318   7,470   7,586  
Corporate  15,165   13,052   42,641   36,506  
          
Total  23,649   22,444   67,037   62,158  
          
Impairment Charges         
Environmental Services  3,666   -   3,666   -  
          
Operating income  19,985   15,289   53,716   43,344  
          
Other income (expense):         
Interest income  34   18   97   49  
Interest expense  (3,066)  (2,783)  (8,782)  (15,387) 
Foreign currency gain (loss)  (303)  275   (456)  521  
Other  177   234   2,493   537  
          
Total other expense  (3,158)  (2,256)  (6,648)  (14,280) 
          
Income before income taxes  16,827   13,033   47,068   29,064  
Income tax expense  3,400   4,668   11,178   10,465  
          
Net income $13,427  $8,365  $35,890  $18,599  
          
Earnings per share:         
Basic $0.61  $0.38  $1.64  $0.86  
Diluted $0.61  $0.38  $1.63  $0.85  
          
Shares used in earnings         
per share calculation:         
Basic  21,928   21,774   21,866   21,750  
Diluted  22,099   21,931   22,027   21,893  
          
Dividends paid per share $0.18  $0.18  $0.54  $0.54  
          

 

 

 

US ECOLOGY, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED BALANCE SHEETS 
(in thousands) 
(unaudited) 
      
  September 30, 2018 December 31, 2017 
Assets     
      
Current Assets:     
Cash and cash equivalents $26,076  $27,042  
Receivables, net  137,956   110,777  
Prepaid expenses and other current assets  11,834   9,138  
Income tax receivable  7,883   -  
Total current assets    183,749      146,957   
      
Property and equipment, net  246,637   234,432  
Restricted cash and investments  4,897   5,802  
Intangible assets, net  216,754   222,812  
Goodwill  196,379   189,373  
Other assets  4,758   2,700  
Total assets $   853,174   $   802,076   
      
Liabilities and Stockholders’ Equity     
      
Current Liabilities:     
Accounts payable $15,006  $14,868  
Deferred revenue  12,072   8,532  
Accrued liabilities  37,168   22,888  
Accrued salaries and benefits  15,757   14,242  
Income tax payable  -   2,970  
Current portion of closure and post-closure obligations  2,401   2,330  
Total current liabilities    82,404      65,830   
      
Long-term closure and post-closure obligations  75,847   73,758  
Long-term debt  277,000   277,000  
Other long-term liabilities  1,292   3,828  
Deferred income taxes, net  62,790   57,583  
Total liabilities    499,333      477,999   
      
Commitments and contingencies     
      
Stockholders’ Equity     
      
Common stock  220   218  
Additional paid-in capital  182,737   177,498  
Retained earnings  179,585   155,533  
Treasury stock  (370)  (68) 
Accumulated other comprehensive loss  (8,331)  (9,104) 
Total stockholders’ equity    353,841      324,077   
Total liabilities and stockholders’ equity $   853,174   $   802,076   
      


US ECOLOGY, INC. 
CONSOLIDATED STATEMENTS OF CASH FLOWS 
(in thousands) 
(unaudited) 
      
  For the Nine Months Ended
September 30,
 
   2018   2017  
Cash Flows From Operating Activities:     
Net income $35,890  $18,599  
Adjustments to reconcile net income to net cash provided by     
operating activities:     
Depreciation and amortization of property and equipment  20,991   21,007  
Amortization of intangible assets  6,925   7,586  
Accretion of closure and post-closure obligations  3,242   3,245  
Impairment charges  3,666   -  
Unrealized foreign currency loss (gain)  899   (1,500) 
Deferred income taxes  4,730   (1,011) 
Share-based compensation expense  3,272   2,954  
Net loss (gain) on disposition of assets  (57)  287  
Unrecognized tax benefits  674   -  
Amortization and write-off of debt issuance costs  607   5,806  
Amortization and write-off of debt discount  -   667  
Changes in assets and liabilities (net of effects of business acquisition):     
Receivables  (27,573)  (20,142) 
Income tax receivable  (7,878)  1,592  
Other assets  (2,355)  (2,638) 
Accounts payable and accrued liabilities  11,218   6,174  
Deferred revenue  3,579   4,228  
Accrued salaries and benefits  1,576   2,676  
Income tax payable  (2,884)  1,112  
Closure and post-closure obligations  (1,026)  (1,277) 
Net cash provided by operating activities   55,496   49,365  
      
Cash Flows From Investing Activities:     
Purchases of property and equipment  (25,791)  (26,354) 
Business acquistion  (21,253)  -  
Purchases of restricted investments  (673)  (400) 
Proceeds from sale of restricted investments  583   402  
Proceeds from sale of property and equipment  307   957  
Net cash used in investing activities   (46,827)  (25,395) 
      
Cash Flows From Financing Activities:     
Payments on long-term debt  -   (287,040) 
Proceeds from long-term debt  -   281,000  
Payments on short-term borrowings  -   (13,438) 
Proceeds from short term borrowings  -   11,260  
Dividends paid  (11,839)  (11,778) 
Deferred financing costs paid  -   (2,967) 
Proceeds from exercise of stock options  2,427   1,050  
Payment of equipment financing obligations  (326)  (268) 
Other  (313)  (121) 
Net cash used in financing activities   (10,051)  (22,302) 
      
Effect of foreign exchange rate changes on cash  (578)  588  
      
Increase (decrease) in Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash  (1,960)  2,256  
      
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at beginning of period  28,799   8,722  
      
Cash and cash equivalents and restricted cash at end of period $26,839  $10,978  
      

 

EXHIBIT A
Non-GAAP Results and Reconciliation

US Ecology reports adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share results, which are non-GAAP financial measures, as a complement to results provided in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles in the United States (GAAP) and believes that such information provides analysts, stockholders, and other users information to better understand the Company’s operating performance. Because adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share are not measurements determined in accordance with GAAP and are thus susceptible to varying calculations they may not be comparable to similar measures used by other companies. Items excluded from adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share are significant components in understanding and assessing financial performance.

Adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share should not be considered in isolation or as an alternative to, or substitute for, net income, cash flows generated by operations, investing or financing activities, or other financial statement data presented in the consolidated financial statements as indicators of financial performance or liquidity. Adjusted EBITDA, Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA and adjusted earnings per diluted share have limitations as analytical tools and should not be considered in isolation or a substitute for analyzing our results as reported under GAAP. Some of the limitations are:

  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect changes in, or cash requirements for, our working capital needs;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our interest expense, or the requirements necessary to service interest or principal payments on our debt;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our income tax expenses or the cash requirements to pay our taxes;
  • Adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our cash expenditures or future requirements for capital expenditures or contractual commitments;
  • Although depreciation and amortization charges are non-cash charges, the assets being depreciated and amortized will often have to be replaced in the future, and adjusted EBITDA does not reflect cash requirements for such replacements; and
  • Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA does not reflect our business development expenses, which may vary significantly quarter to quarter.

Adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines adjusted EBITDA as net income before interest expense, interest income, income tax expense/benefit, depreciation, amortization, stock-based compensation, accretion of closure and post-closure liabilities, foreign currency gain/loss, non-cash impairment charges, and other income/expense, which are not considered part of usual business operations.

Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA

The Company defines Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA as adjusted EBITDA (see definition above) plus business development expenses incurred during the period. We believe Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA is helpful in understanding our business and how it relates to our 2018 guidance which does not include business development expenses. 

The following reconciliation itemizes the differences between reported net income and adjusted EBITDA and Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017:

(in thousands) Three Months Ended September 30, Nine Months Ended September 30, 
   2018   2017   2018   2017  
          
Net Income $13,427  $8,365  $35,890  $18,599  
Income tax expense  3,400   4,668   11,178   10,465  
Interest expense  3,066   2,783   8,782   15,387  
Interest income  (34)  (18)  (97)  (49) 
Foreign currency (gain) loss  303   (275)  456   (521) 
Other income  (177)  (234)  (2,493)  (537) 
Impairment charges  3,666   -   3,666   -  
Depreciation and amortization of plant and equipment  7,342   7,386   20,991   21,007  
Amortization of intangible assets  2,327   2,300   6,925   7,586  
Stock-based compensation  1,193   995   3,272   2,954  
Accretion and non-cash adjustments of closure & post-closure obligations  1,087   1,090   3,242   3,245  
Adjusted EBITDA $35,600  $27,060  $91,812  $78,136  
          
          
Business development expenses  189   330   218   383  
Pro Forma adjusted EBITDA $35,789  $27,390  $92,030  $78,519  
          

Adjusted Earnings Per Diluted Share

The Company defines adjusted earnings per diluted share as net income adjusted for the after-tax impact of the non-cash impairment charges, the impact of discrete income tax adjustments, the after-tax impact of the gain on the issuance of a property easement, the after-tax impact of non-cash write-off of deferred financing fees related to our former credit agreement, the after-tax impact of business development costs, and non-cash foreign currency translation gains or losses, divided by the number of diluted shares used in the earnings per share calculation.

Impairment charges excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation are related to the Company’s assessment of goodwill and intangible assets associated with its mobile recycling business. The property easement gain relates to the issuance of an easement on a small portion of owned land at an operating facility which should not hinder our future use. The discrete income tax adjustments relate to the implementation of tax planning strategies that resulted in one-time favorable adjustments to prior year income tax returns.  The non-cash write-off of deferred financing fees relates to the write-off of the remaining unamortized fees associated with our former credit agreement which was refinanced in April 2017. Business development costs relate to expenses incurred to evaluate businesses for potential acquisition or costs related to closing and integrating successfully acquired businesses. The foreign currency translation gains or losses excluded from the earnings per diluted share calculation are related to intercompany loans between our Canadian subsidiaries and the U.S. parent which have been established as part of our tax and treasury management strategy. These intercompany loans are payable in Canadian dollars (“CAD”) requiring us to revalue the outstanding loan balance through our consolidated income statement based on the CAD/United States currency movements from period to period.

We believe excluding the non-cash impairment charges, the discrete income tax adjustments, the gain on issuance of a property easement, the after-tax impact of the non-cash write off of deferred financing fees, the after-tax impact of business development costs, and non-cash foreign currency translation gains or losses provides meaningful information to investors regarding the operational and financial performance of the Company.

The following reconciliation itemizes the differences between reported net income and earnings per diluted share to adjusted net income and adjusted earnings per diluted share for the three and nine months ended September 30, 2018 and 2017:     

(in thousands, except per share data)Three Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017 
 Income before income taxesIncome tax
expense
Net incomeper share Income before income taxesIncome tax
expense
Net incomeper share
As Reported$16,827 $(3,400)$13,427 $0.61  $13,033 $(4,668)$8,365 $0.38 
          
Adjustments:         
Plus:  Impairment charges 3,666  -  3,666  0.17   -  -  -  - 
Less:  Discrete income tax adjustments -  (1,704) (1,704) (0.08)  -  -  -  - 
Plus:  Business development costs 189  (51) 138  -   330  (118) 212  0.01 
Non-cash foreign currency translation gain (92) 25  (67) -   (682) 244  (438) (0.02)
          
As Adjusted$20,590 $(5,130)$15,460 $0.70  $12,681 $(4,542)$8,139 $0.37 
          
Shares used in earnings per diluted share calculation   22,099      21,931  
          
          
          
(in thousands, except per share data)Nine Months Ended September 30,
  2018   2017 
 Income before income taxesIncome tax
expense
Net incomeper share Income before income taxesIncome tax
expense
Net incomeper share
As Reported$47,068 $(11,178)$35,890 $1.63  $29,064 $(10,465)$18,599 $0.85 
          
Adjustments:         
Plus:  Impairment charges 3,666  -  3,666  0.17   -  -  -  - 
Less:  TX land easement gain (1,990) 512  (1,478) (0.07)  -  -  -  - 
Less:  Discrete income tax adjustments -  (1,704) (1,704) (0.08)  -  -  -  - 
Plus:  Non-cash write-off of deferred financing fees related to former credit agreement -  -  -  -   5,461  (1,966) 3,495  0.16 
Plus:  Business development costs 218  (59) 159  0.01   383  (138) 245  0.01 
Non-cash foreign currency translation (gain) loss 370  (100) 270  0.01   (1,197) 431  (766) (0.03)
          
As Adjusted$49,332 $(12,529)$36,803 $1.67  $33,711 $(12,138)$21,573 $0.99 
          
Shares used in earnings per diluted share calculation   22,027      21,893  
          

Contact:
Alison Ziegler, Darrow Associates (201)220-2678
aziegler@darrowir.com   www.usecology.com


The following information was filed by Us Ecology Holdings, Inc. on Thursday, November 1, 2018 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-Q Quarterly Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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